Engaging European SMEs,mid-caps and public sector organizations (PSOs) in wide-scale digital transformation has been a challenging endeavor over the past decade.Costs reduction, operations efficiency optimization, and citizens’ empowerment triggered deployment of diverse ICT technologies across the Union,however at disparate speed and penetration levels, and often in a fragmented mode.Imminent Cybersecurity threats ranging from lower level impact attacks,e.g. script kiddies, malware, etc. to highly sophisticated operations launched by cyber terrorists or state-sponsored actors are major challenges, which seem to be equally ambiguously addressed across the Union leaving some stakeholders significantly more vulnerable than others. Ca. 60% of Dutch and German SMEs maintain log files for analysis after security incidents,while only 16-20% of Romanian and Bulgarian SMEs find it important to analyze those.Likewise a Cybersecurity breach landmark event of occurred in 2019 when the Bulgarian National Revenues Agency database was hacked,and personal data of more than 70% of all Bulgarian nationals was released online. To bridge the Cybersecurity divide in the EU the CYBER4All STAR Project will offer expertise,access to experimentation facilities and services,access to finance,and ecosystem networking with disruptive technology suppliers in line with the European Digital Innovation Hub Trakia service proposition.The hub in collaboration with other Cybersecurity EDIHs across Europe via the European Corridor of Cybersecurity EDIHs initiated by the European Cyber Security Organization will offer a full range of Cybersecurity services to all stakeholders with a special focus on SMEs,mid-caps and PSOs.Additionally, AI and HPC services will be channeled to end users using the EDIH Network DTA-assisted capabilities. The ultimate goal is to make it easy, cost-efficient and technologically-friendly to learn and adopt Cybersecurity as well as HPC and AI on a mass and integrated scale.
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